Gladlee of Guernsey
The Big Day had finally arrived
as had the relatives and friends from the UK. These included Julies Mum, Molly,
brother Phil, Robin and Alison and Linda and Seamus.
A nice peaceful morning was to be followed by a hectic afternoon and
evening, but who’s complaining.
At about lunchtime invited
guests headed for Sooty Albatross for a bit of Dutch Courage in the form of
Champagne or Bucks Fizz.
At about 2.30pm everyone except Julie and Geoff headed for the Navigator where the Ceremony was to be performed. Arrangements were in hand for Geoff to “Deliver” the bride to the Navigator courtesy of one of the Marina RIB’s nicely decked out with flowers and ribbons.
This is really about the time
that the surprises started to happen. Unknown
to either of us the Classical Quartet from the Antalya Symphony Orchestra who
played every third week at the Marina had insisted on being part of the
ceremonies and were there to play “Here Comes the Bride”.
About 150 people were there for the wedding most from Kemer Marina but
also others from Antalya including Hans and Gisela from S/Y "Tunnix", Chris and
Wendy from S/Y "Spirit of Delft". The ceremony itself was to be performed by the
Mayor of Kemer as his last function before the forthcoming elections. (He was
The ceremony itself required two witnesses both of whom had to be able to speak
English and Turkish. We had originally asked Hasan and Frank to do this but
Frank didn’t get his act together in time with the language thing (too busy
looking after drunks) and so Jane Baz the British Consul from Antalya stepped
into the breach and did a marvelous job.
Once the words had been said and
the papers signed, sealed and delivered it was time to resume the party. Lots of
local Champagne, and thanks to Christian and Danielle from S/Cat "Bingo" we had
lots of French wines to do the toasts with. After the ‘many’ toasts it was all inside for the next
part of the entertainment. One certainly not to have been missed.
The Kemer Khorale had been rehearsing for months to perform three songs
for us. They were to be very ably assisted by the Quartet, Steve (S/Cat "Mystic")
on the guitar and Robin and Alison who joined the choir at extremely short
notice. They had however been sent the words and music previously.
Well, the Khorale did not just do us proud but also themselves
They performed the theme from Titanic, the love song from Lion King and
The Wedding Song. Truly any choir
anywhere would have been hard pushed to better them. Ann from S/Cat "Toucan Tango" had moulded them into a
real fighting unit and they were just perfect.
So, the afternoon’s
entertainment started to wind down. But not before the traditional cake cutting.
Sue from S/Y "Not Yet" had performed miracles by making not just one
wedding cake but four. And all this in the galley on their boat. Hubby Ross
needs special mention too for putting up with the disruption.
Sue had not only made the cakes herself but also made all the decorations
with the exception of the “Bride and Groom” figures which had been given by
Geoff and Jen.
In the evening we had over 70
invited guests to dinner in the Navigator Restaurant the meal being cooked by
the Navigator staff. It was of quite some interest that we could count 17
different nationalities there that night. Steve
from S/Cat "Mystic" did the entertainment with a few nicely played and sung
numbers including Julies choice, Elvis’s Love Me Tender.
Lots of toasts were made, lots
more wine was drunk and many stories told. Mostly as it turns out by Julies good
friend Linda and by her mum Molly. Hasan
did his toast as “Father of the Bride” for a day anyway and the Bride and
Groom both did their thankyou’s to everyone.
For some reason Geoff had to be coerced into taking a drink with Ron
thinking it was the dreaded Raki – just water Geoff (remember the stag night).
And so by about 11.00pm things
were starting to wind down. Ron’s Flu had caught up with him and he could
hardly talk (so what’s the bad news I hear you saying).
A very comfortable night was spent in the Turkiz Hotel courtesy of the
Marina and more wonderful memories
were made than should be legal.